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First Time New Gaming Build under $2k

Hey All,
I'm putting a PC together and was wondering if I'm making a mistake with the build below. Cost right now is $1959.00. I plan on gaming with this (Crysis 2, DN Forever, ...) Is there anything that I shouldn't buy or should replace with a less expensive version? Should I get an SSD and a different hard drive? Should I swap the GTX 590 3GB for 2x GTX 560s?

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Apex: [ Vortex 3620 ] ( Front USB, Audio, eSATA ), Black
Default case fans
Gamer Choice Standard Recommented Low Noise Silent System
aBX, 700W Power Supply [ PSU ]. Model: EP-700PM
Intel Core i5-2600K, LGA 1155, 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost), 8MB Intel Smart Cache, Quad-Core, 4x256KB Cache
Ultimate AI Booster Insane OC (Insane Overclock 30% or more ) [ Built-in Motherboard Overclock Utility wih BIOS Setup ]
Thermaltake CL-P0466 SpinQ CPU Fan Thermaltake CL-P0466 SpinQ CPU Fan For Intel LGA775/1156/1366 & AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/939/754 Thermaltake CL-P0466 SpinQ CPU Fan
GIGABYTE, USB-3, SATA-3, Intel Z68, CrossfireX/SLI, 16GB Max, RAID, GbLAN, Model: GA-Z68A-D3-B3
8G DDR3 at 2000MHz DDR3 Memory ( Corsair or Major Brand )
GeForce GTX 590: 3072 MB [ DirectX 11 Support ]
VelociRaptor 600G SATA-3 64MB Cache 1000RPM 6.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Standard Setting : Non-RAID
22x Dual-Format/Dual-Layer DVDRW Drive
High Definition 7.1 Digtial Surround Sound
Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Window 7 Home Premium - 64 Bit Edition - DVD set
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  1. Swapping that GTX 590 for a pair of GTX 580's would be a better bet. For gaming the 2500k will give you the same performance. Overclocked memory is overkill / overbuying. You are on the right track.... For $2000 the 2500k / 2600k and dual GTX 580's is the way to go. For comparison, a similar build below may help you out...

    Processor: Intel Core i5-2500k - $215

    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Z68 20GB SLC SSD - $240

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 1.5v CL7 - $85

    Graphics Card: 2 x Galaxy GTX 580 - $420 / $840 ($460 - $40MIR)

    Boot Drive: OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA III SSD - $210 ($230 - $20MIR)

    Storage Disk: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB - $80

    Case: Rosewill FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower Front USB 3.0 - $80

    Case Fans: 2 x COOLER MASTER 120mm Blue 69CFM (max) @ 19dBA- $10 / $20

    Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX950 - $140 ($155 - $15MIR)

    Blu-Ray Burner: LG Black 12X - $94

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $30

    CPU Cooler Replacement Fans: 2 x KINGWIN 120mm 40CFM @ 19dBA - $7 / $14

    $2048
  2. sadams04 said:
    Swapping that GTX 590 for a pair of GTX 580's would be a better bet. For gaming the 2500k will give you the same performance. Overclocked memory is overkill / overbuying. You are on the right track.... For $2000 the 2500k / 2600k and dual GTX 580's is the way to go. For comparison, a similar build below may help you out...

    Processor: Intel Core i5-2500k - $215

    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Z68 20GB SLC SSD - $240

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 1.5v CL7 - $85

    Graphics Card: 2 x Galaxy GTX 580 - $420 / $840 ($460 - $40MIR)

    Boot Drive: OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA III SSD - $210 ($230 - $20MIR)

    Storage Disk: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB - $80

    Case: Rosewill FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower Front USB 3.0 - $80

    Case Fans: 2 x COOLER MASTER 120mm Blue 69CFM (max) @ 19dBA- $10 / $20

    Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX950 - $140 ($155 - $15MIR)

    Blu-Ray Burner: LG Black 12X - $94

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $30

    CPU Cooler Replacement Fans: 2 x KINGWIN 120mm 40CFM @ 19dBA - $7 / $14

    $2048

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  3. Best answer
    build it yourself. those places use suspect psu's and overcharge you.
    why get 2 580's for 2000$ when you can get 3 6950's for that price?

    CPU: i5 2500k- http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=I5-2500KBX&c=pw&hash=c6f1vzBgmiuMK7B3QplJbXIbnHcUR1CyoWGhesjYg2NNxpZ2XCyK7MWqokCnyPbwUb1AoqHY3INveRcD31le5nXI%2FGh%2BMAIhBuLvIZ9EmyV4%2B7xKHEEBAVPrrd6x 215$an i5 2500k gives the same performance as the 2600k in gaming

    Motherboard: Asus P8P67 WS REVOLUTION http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-8P67WS3&title=Asus-P8P67-WS-REVOLUTION-LGA1155-Intel-P67-B3-Quad-CrossFireX-3-Way-SLI-SATA3-USB3-0-A-2GbE-ATX-Motherboard 255$

    Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428 65$ 8gb's of 1600mhz cas9 ram is the standard

    SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227726&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=l0jrbm4i15vq 180$ after mail in rebates ssd's are way faster than 10k drives

    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1tb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 60$ fastest 7200rpm 1tb drive

    Case: Antec DF-85 Full Tower case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087 135$ after mail in rebates nice to keep those 6950's cool

    PSU: OCZ ZX Series 1000W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341045 183$ shipped including mail in rebates tjhis will be enough power

    DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 20$

    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM 64 bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 100$

    CPU Cooler: Scythe Mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185168&Tpk=scythe%20mugen%203 53$ shipped better than a hyper 212 plus

    GPU'S: HIS IceQ X Turbo 6950 2gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161372 x3=720$ there is only 1 mail in rebate per customer so you might want to have your friends buy one have them send in the mail in rebates and reimburse them 240$

    Total: 1986$
    3 factory oc'd 6950 2gb's which beats a pair of 580's all day
  4. Nice build mjmjpfaff, the only con i see with your build is that the path for upgrading may be cut off, then again this may not be a problem at all for the op, or other people, aside from that i would recommend gaming at more than 1920x1080 anything less your gonna bottleneck those cards, you would benefit the most from 2560x1600 as the scaling of Tri-way crossfire goes up with the resolution, except for some games which take no advantage of 3 cards like alien vs predator.. just some thoughts for the op if he decides to go this route.
  5. Thanks for the replies. Couple more questions:
    Do I need to go with a 2500K if I don't overclock?
    What would I go with if I wanted just one GPU? Doesn't 3 heat up incredibly more?
    I'm probably going to run two monitors. Both are rated for 1920x1080. Don't think I can run the 2560x1600 res.
    I'll be playing DNF, DA Origins and Awakening, and DDO initially. Crysis 2 when I get the time to add in another game.
    Thanks again for the help.
  6. definitely oc. the 2500k is so easy to oc. you can get it up to 4.4ghz w/out even touching the voltage just upping the cpu multiplier to 44x.

    3 heats up a lot because of lack of airflow. the df-85 gives a ton of airflow the cards should be fine

    with 3 6950's you can run 5670x1080p easy.
  7. Sounds great! I'll run pricing and go for it. Hopefully overclocking is easy. Would be my first time for that too. Thanks for all the advice.
  8. Best answer selected by Rrowlf.
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